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Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

San José & field sites, Costa Rica

Leslie Ragde A. Sanchez Talavera

Areas of expertise

Bats Ecology, Forest and Agroecosystem Conservation, Corporate Responsibility, Community Relations, Development and Project Management

Degrees

  • B.S. in Biology, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México-UAEM
  • M.Sc. in Biological Science, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM

Potential student research areas

  • Biodiversity inventories in fragments besides agroecosystems
  • Forest management plans
  • Bats living in houses near of banana plantations
  • Support to communities sustainable development projects
  • Plant biodiversity: natural regeneration vs. reforestation programs

Biography

Leslie has lived in Costa Rica for five years.  She worked with the Organization of Tropical Studies as Director’s Assistant of La Selva Biological Station.  Then, in 2008 she was in charge of the Nature and Community Project of Chiquita Brands Int., which is an initiative of Corporate Responsibility and involves conservation, education, community development and sustainability.  Since March 2011, she has been in charge of Chiquita Nature and Community Foundation in Costa Rica, and her responsibilities are fundraising, alliance, and proposals.

Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

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Mark Myers, Associate Professor and head of Ecosytem Studies Program at Northern Iowa University I considered a number of study abroad programs before choosing ACM, and what appealed to me about the Costa Rica Field Research program was that it allowed me to pursue independent research at a single site over several months, rather than "touring" many sites for just a few days at a time with larger groups of students, as was typical of many other programs. The educational "pay-off" of this approach, both in terms of insights gained from the many hours spent in the field and in terms of the language skills and cultural experiences gained from living in a small, rural community, was huge. My experience in Costa Rica was a strong influence in my decision to pursue a graduate degree in Conservation Biology, and many of the experiences and contacts I made laid the groundwork for future projects in Costa Rica.

—Mark Myers, Associate Professor and head of Ecosytem Studies Program at Northern Iowa University, Costa Rica, Spring 1995

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